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Looking upgrade my computer after the new year. I'm currently running a Asus 750a mobo with a Phenom 940 cpu. do not know how to over clock but I may try it out. I use a computer to play games on. I'm goning to take my power supply (Kingwin Lazer 850w) sound card, video card (EVGA 260 Core 216) and my case (NZXT Tempest EVO) from my current computer. My budget is around $600-650

Here's what I have in mind. I'm open for other suggestions.

Mobo: MSI 870A-G54 or ASUS M4A87TD EVO
CPU: Phenom 955 or Phenom 965
RAM: Suggestion? 4GB will do.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
CPU Cooler: Corsair h50, CM Hyper 212+, ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B, or Noctua NH-U12P SE2
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I do plan on upgrading the video card later to a 6870 or a 460. I'm not really interested in running two video cards, but I would like to get a physx card.
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A-Data, G.Skill Ripjaws, Corsair XMS3 are some great choices for RAM. Prices have come down quite a bit, and you can get great memory for about $50.

For the HDD, I'd go with the Samsung F3 1TB instead. You'll just be wasting money going with a SATA III HDD. The 6 GB/s thing is misleading; no hard drive will get you anything even remotely close to that. Samsung Spinpoints are fantastic drives for a great price.

If you're not going to be overclocking too much, I'd just go with the Hyper 212+ for the cooler.

Both of those motherboards are comparable; I'd personally go with ASUS since I find their BIOS to be easier and more convenient to navigate, and because I've had issues twice with MSI boards. Either way, you'll end up with about $150 left over. That'll almost cover the price of a 6850, or you can get the MSI Hawk 460, which is a great deal for that price.
Edited by Faraz - 12/24/10 at 11:19am
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post #3 of 21
+1 to what he said
get the gskill ripjaws in my opinion...+the hyper 212+ for moderate to high overclocking(dont consider this for extreme overclocking)....rest everythings fine.....
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Most people are saying that the hyper 212+ is great for the price. I always enjoy Noctua's coolers. Most likey, its either the hyper 212+ or the Noctua one.

Never overclocked before, So I won't push too much. Just looking for a mid range gaming computer. Hopefully, someone here has the a MSI 870-G54 board and can give me some information about it. Is it good? bad? How's the OC genus? Does the "Military Class Components" work or is it just a marketing gimmick? If not, I will get the Asus.

I always used Western Digitial drives. Its the reason why I picked WD. Is Samsung good?

Is there really a differance between the 955 and the 965 processor? If there isn't much of a difference, I will get the 955 because its $15 cheaper.

Last question, does it really matter what listed on the qvl? On my first build, I follow it just be to safe.
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post #5 of 21
answering ur queries one by one
hyper212+ is a gem for its price
dont know about that mobo
no difference between 955 or 965 except default clocks which is not much difference coz both have unlocked multi
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post #6 of 21
Get the Asus Motherboard, H50, CPU should be a Phenom II X4 or X6 series, I usually back away from Western Digital due to bad experiences. I recommend a 1TB Seagate 7200rpm with the 64mb cache
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by EternalRest View Post
New to forums.

Looking upgrade my computer after the new year. I'm currently running a Asus 750a mobo with a Phenom 940 cpu. do not know how to over clock but I may try it out. I use a computer to play games on. I'm goning to take my power supply (Kingwin Lazer 850w) sound card, video card (EVGA 260 Core 216) and my case (NZXT Tempest EVO) from my current computer. My budget is around $600-650

Here's what I have in mind. I'm open for other suggestions.

Mobo: MSI 870A-G54 or ASUS M4A87TD EVO
CPU: Phenom 955 or Phenom 965
RAM: Suggestion? 4GB will do.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
CPU Cooler: Corsair h50, CM Hyper 212+, ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B, or Noctua NH-U12P SE2
Windows 7

I do plan on upgrading the video card later to a 6870 or a 460. I'm not really interested in running two video cards, but I would like to get a physx card.
650 Bucks for a new rig? Take a look at Sandy Bridge

2500K - 229.99
Gigabyte P67 UD3 - 99.99
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 2000 - 79.99
HYper 212+ - 29.99
1TB WD Black - 89.99

Total - 529.95

My overly excessive thread on Sandy Bridge

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...-released.html
Edited by Jean-Luc - 12/25/10 at 2:51am
    
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post #8 of 21
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I got 100 gift card to NewEgg for Christmas. This will up my budget up a bit. Looking into getting a better board. Has anyone had good overall experience with Gigabyte? I love the layout of this GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H board.

(Edit) This Asus looks pretty nice

Based on surfing the forums, I noticed that Kingwin has bad reviews. Kinda scarely since I have a Kingwin Lazer 850w power supply. So I may replace that also.
Edited by EternalRest - 1/3/11 at 1:11pm
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post #9 of 21
You can't go wrong with either of those mobos. Both have good reputations.
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post #10 of 21
The 890GPA looks good, though I usually never recommend pairing 125W processors (especially overclocked) with any 4+1 power phase (this one is heatsinked), it seems to work reliably even at an overclock for x6 users (hooray for GIGABYTE quality ). Nevertheless I'd still recommend the M4A79XTD EVO over the 890GPA in this case.
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